Erling Haaland scored his sixth hat-trick of the season as Manchester City thrashed Vincent Kompany’s Burnley 6-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final.
Kompany, a former City captain, was given a warm reception by the Etihad Stadium but the pleasantries on the field were in short supply as ruthless Haaland scored twice in the first half to put City on the way to a fifth consecutive FA Cup semi-final.
Pep Guardiola’s purring side stepped on the gas further after the break, running Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley ragged as Haaland grabbed his second hat-trick of the week in the 59th minute following up his five goals in 65 minutes against RB Leipzig in midweek.
It’s now 42 goals for the season for the Norwegian goal machine.
Haaland was substituted with the game as Cole Palmer and Julian Alvarez, who scored twice, got in on the scoring act.
Speaking after the game, Haaland said: “It’s been a good few games, important games. 7-0 and 6-0 before the international break is impressive. I’m really happy.
“Every goal means a lot to me, every goal for the team means a lot. To win 6-0 today is an amazing thing against a really good Burnley side.
“We’re in that part of the season where we need to be at our best. This is where things get decided. We have to perform in every single game.
“The last couple of games have been finals, which is exactly what we’ve been doing.
“I’m a striker, I love scoring goals. But my focus isn’t scoring goals, it’s about getting chances, and with those, there’s a good chance I’ll be scoring goals,” the 22-year-old striker stated.
City will play either Manchester United, Fulham, Brighton, Grimsby, Blackburn, or Sheffield United in the semi-final at Wembley.